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article imagePresident al-Bashir wins re-election in Sudan

By Igor I. Solar     Apr 26, 2010 in World
Khartoum - Omar al-Bashir, the incumbent on the presidential election in Sudan was confirmed today in his post. He has been under an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (The Hague) for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.
The election process has been underway during April and the results were announced today by Abil Alier, Chairman of Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC). President al-Bashir obtained 6,901,694 (68%) of the preferences, Alier announced. He also provided results for the remainder 12 candidates, despite the fact that four of them have withdrawn from the election claiming the process had been rigged.
Yassir Arman, candidate of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) came second after al-Bashir, obtaining 2,193,826 votes, although he had withdrawn from the elections in March.
In a speech broadcasted by Sudan’s government TV following the announcement of the election results, al-Bashir stated:
I reiterate our commitment to mobilizing the energies to implement our program, with our hands and minds open for all the forces working under the constitution to communicate and consult to institute a national partnership to face challenges with.
He added that
I vow to carry on with organizing the referendum in south Sudan and complete the Darfur peace.
International and domestic observers monitored the country's first multi-party election in 24 years. Sudan extended voting a few days when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in his capacity of independent election monitor, requested additional time to ensure that all eligible voters had the opportunity to cast ballots.
Al-Bashir has been a controversial figure both in Sudan and internationally. In July, 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) of The Hague accused al Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The ICC issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on March 4, 2009 on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, however excluded the charges for genocide because lack of sufficient evidence on that count. The court's decision is opposed by the the governments of Russia, China and other African and Arab intergovernmental organisations.
There is an appeal to the ICC to re-examine the evidence for genocide. It is anticipated that, since the ICC determined in February 2010 that the Pre-Trial Chamber had improperly dismissed the genocide charges against al-Bashir, the re-examination could lead to charges within the next few months.
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